[Everything Changes] The Human and the Gifted

Hades had lost track of how long they had been in this metal contraption Ascondia referred to as a car, between the ache in his side and bruising of his ribs he was finding it hard to focus. The gun had gone off at point blank range against his lower abdomen the very thing he had been afraid of in this encounter. He was, however, grateful it had been him and not Jade.

The car turned off the road and onto a dirt road, the bump causing him growl this time the pain all too clear, as Ascondia looked round to them “Is he OK? Hades what the fuck happened out there,”

“I told you, he got lucky,” Hades bit back

“How is he even conscious right now, you know he got shot, right? I’ve seen guys try to hide gunshots a thousand times before and there is no way Luke missed,” There was a tone of fear in her voice in that moment as they finally came to a halt, the wooden cabin just ahead, it was run down and even from the outside looked dirty. Hades sighed softly, much like Jade he wished in that moment he was home.

Jade looked to him now, as Ascondia’s words were more than clear. She smacked Hadess hands away from the cradle of his abdomen. Eyes widening at the sight of his clothing saturated in blood, then up to him. “Damn, you…” Was all she said. “Hurry, we have to get him inside I can’t focus in this metal box on wheels.” Jade left her side of the car, reaching to the strange handle and pulling to open the door, leaning down to gather his arm in a gentle pull to drape over her shoulder. Then urged Ascondia to do the same, in order to lead him to the cabin. Jade was frightened she didn’t know how to mend a sound from such a strange weapon.

Hades was still on his feet though took the help, as instinct made him search the area on their way in, Hope turned off the engine and climbed out before joining them, it was dingy within though Hope lit one of the gasoline lamps to spread out some light “The generator is out so we have no power until that’s fixed,”

Hades nodded as he sank onto a couch with a groan, Ascondia looked at him before she looked at Jade, there was a part of her that knew this would be the outcome “He’ll be OK, you know I wouldn’t have put him at risk if I wasn’t sure of that,”

Hope was quickly pulling things out of a cupboard tossing bottles to Ascondia “Water from the well, I have a camping stove here we can boil it before she uses it, though it would just make more sense to take him to a hospital, Connie what is going on, how does someone survive a gunshot wound like that,”

“Happens all the time, but we can’t take him to a hospital, he isn’t exactly,” She breathed in thought looking to Hades as if help he simply shrugged and began working the blood soaked shirt out of his way.

“I’ll be fine, just have to stem the bleeding,” He smiled weakly

“Bullet has to come out first,” Ascondia replied blankly before gathering the bottle and exiting the cabin.

Jade sat beside him, assisting on pulling off his shirt, looking to Hope and requesting a bottle of liquor. When this was presented Jade washed her hands in the beverage and then offered Hades the bottle. Now with her hands cleaned, Jade began to inspect the skin and the depth of the wound with a fingertip, then up to him. “It’s…deep…” She muttered, accepting a towel from Hope. “I need something to grasp the item and pull out with a bowl, plus a needle and thick thread to stitch him…this isn’t going to be easy, beloved. It’s near an organ…next time, we do this together. Two eyes are better than one…Don’t you dare think I’m going to hear your lip, you are going to be a father and we ARE going to be married. Got that?” Her eyes began to glow that yellow but kept out of Hope’s view to not frighten her.

Hades smiled softly as he watched her before he spoke “Don’t waste time stitching, hot knife, I can’t afford to be thinking about stitches if we go after Kara,” He breathed softly

“How is he even conscious,” Hope stated softly before she handed Jade a towel and pair of long nose pliers “I’m sorry but we’re not exactly an ER here, gotta make do with what we have, I’m gonna go make sure Connie is OK,” she was quickly gone

“I think I’m making her nervous, though I suppose people don’t tend to walk around after they get shot here, seems demon side is still intact, just not as frontal as he would be at home, I’m Ok I promise I just needed her to get her act together so we could leave, though I have probably complicated our job more than we need,” Hades let his hand slide over hers gently “Just pull the bullet and then seal it few hours of rest and I’ll be good,”

Jade watched as Hope left the room, then looked up to Hades as his hand was set on her own. Those yellow eyes fixed on him while Jade sighed softly. “You are in no position to tell me what to do.” She growled to him, exposing her incisors, then snagged the bottle of liquor from him to wash off the pliers, giving him back the bottle. “No, you are right. Stitches aren’t needed, because, I will be healing you to speed up the process. This is going to hurt, take a swig or two.” Jade stated while looking at the wound and working the pliers within the open wound, working around for a few moments then wiggling the bullet free. Each movement she made was calculated and expert. Once the bullet was free, she pressed the towel hard upon the wound. “Keep the pressure, while I do my work,” Jade said softly.

She closed her eyes as Hades felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end, electricity was in the room. Any remaining from the lines to the electric were utilized. He then saw the form of the kitsune aura present itself around her, then her hand was placed against his skin. That is when he felt the stinging pain of his ribs, adjusting and being pulled together followed by the punch of pain to his abdomen. Then the burning itch extending from within him outwards, the very fibres of his flesh, veins and beginning to meld and heal. Just as it was about to reach the surface, there was a light bulb that blew.

Everything happened very slowly, as the aura of her kitsune faded and Jade fell back with her eyes closed. Hand holding the pliers released causing the bloody bullet to fall from the grasp and Jade had fainted. She was still barely breathing now, as the dark threads spilled around her head with the exposure of her sea gifted collar.

Hades was on the ground beside her the moment she fell back, his hand catching the back of her head, he scooped her up to lay her where he was, throwing his jacket beneath her to avoid laying her in his blood.

“Well this is going to be awkward to explain,” Ascondia chuckled as she now stood with Hope looking as if she’d seen a ghost “Glad you’re OK though, I know we can’t do this without you,”

“Getting shot sucks, you know that right?” Hades bit back with a smirk and she nodded before closing the door and pushing Hope to sit down opposite Hades.

“OK, so you’re not going to buy the she’s a nurse deal now, so listen carefully. All those myths and legends are usually based on some kind of fact, based on some story of some encounter from another time,” Ascondia sighed softly as she made her way to sit beside Jade resting her hand on her forehead “She’s warm, but hopefully in saving your ass, the worst is over now, let her rest, we’ll be safe here,”

“So what’s the plan now, moving through the city isn’t going to be easy while they are looking for me,” Hades replied

“They won’t be, Hope is going to make those reports vanish, and once we have Kara, if she chooses she can come with us, don’t start Hades,” Ascondia held her hand at him before he had a chance to argue “She can’t stay here Luke will end up killing her, and she’s already seen too much, also apparently I can’t use my memory magicks here anymore or just on her unsure which, so our options are limited. So here’s the deal you’re right he’s not normal he’s half human part demon, and a sprinkle of vampire and by vampire yes I mean the bite your neck and drink your blood kind, though not quite what you think, they’re as alive as you or I, and can be shot, and hurt and killed just easily, no silver or garlic,”

“You know how this sounds?” Hope stated as she stared now at the three opposite her and what about her blowing out bulbs?”

“She’s Kitsune, a fox of sorts with more power than even I’m sure of, she is harmless to you and is here with her husband to be, she had to tap into a lot of power to access that level of power here our natural powers get dulled in this realm,”

“Our …” Hope stated “As in? You aren’t?”

“Human?” Ascondia chuckled softly “God no, I’m an angel and I mean that in the literal sense, big feathered wings and all, though I lost my wings when I was young because I made some wrong choices, got kicked out of what you would deem as heaven and fell into my home The Everlands which over the centuries has had limited contact here hence the myths and legends, it’s a lot I know but Hope we’re on borrowed time chasing down a fugitive from our own realm and this girl is ten shades to wind of bat shit crazy. She kills without concern, and I suspect is hiding somewhere I need to know if there’s anything logged recently that doesn’t quite make sense, that’s why we came to you, I need to take her back and I need your help to do it,”

Jade remained still, while her breathing grew more and more steady, head laying on Hade’s lap with the dark halo of her hair pooling in and over his legs. She appeared content, while in her slumbering state beads of sweat glistened on her forehead now, displaying the fever that had taken her from absorbing the power in that moment. Stunning and beautiful, even in this moment. She had sped up the healing within Hades, even now, he continued to feel the throbbing remnants of her focused mend. Meaning in just an hour, he would be as good as new, no scar only the bullet on the floor.

Hades stayed with her head in his lap his hand working gently through her hair as he watched Hope try to process the information dropped on her by her former best friend.

“So twelve years ago, when everyone thought you’d been taken, and after your daughter disappeared? Where have you been?” Hope stated her mind racing over what she was being told now.

“I had to go home, and my daughter is fine, after the fire I had no choice but to send her home ahead of me she was becoming dangerous, it was the best place for her, please is there anything you can do to help us track Kara?” Ascondia replied softly. Hope sat now looking at Ascondia, the bruising on her face had subsided a little as she thought on her words.

While everyone was intent in conversation, Jade’s eyes had opened, silently watching everyone. As Hope paused to consider Ascondia’s words, Jade felt her stomach cramp, this broke her silence now, as a whimper escaped her lips and she curled over with her hands over her abdomen. But when Hades made the concerned move, she simply held a hand up to stop him. “Just a reflection of your pain…I’m fine now. Just really tired. Please, Hope…this Kara is far more dangerous than Luke. Unstable and doesn’t belong here. She will cause more damage than good. We need your help to find her.”

“I can’t exactly walk into the precinct looking like this, but I can make a few calls, at least throw them off with Luke, and see if anything weird … er has happened the last few days,” Hope replied her head already thudding inside her own skull.

“Just be quick Hope, we’re on borrowed time with her, lives are at risk,” Ascondia replied now.

Jade looked to Hope while considering her. “Ascondia, boil some water for tea. She needs something to relax.” She adjusted a slight offering her a small cloth bag. After Ascondia was busy, she looked up to Hades, lifting a hand to caress his cheek. “Better now?”

“Sore, but I’m OK,” Hades replied softly “But I’m not concerned about me, how are you?”

Ascondia took the bag and made her way to the small camping stove, a flicker of the flame as she ignited it before placing a pan upon it. Quietly she poured the water into the pan and watched as it began to heat up.

“I’ll be fine. Just took a little out of me. I’m not used to the electrical charge of this realm. Seems it is more powerful then I realized. As long as you are safe and feel better, I’m good.” Jade smiled up at him taking his hands in hers to kiss his palm.

He took her hand and brought it to his lips in a soft kiss “Good, and yea the electricity is a little temperamental here, in our realm we can control it, here it tends to do as it wants, no more tapping into it again unless you need to,”

Hope had disappeared into the back bedroom and could be heard pacing and talking in a lowered tone, Ascondia was keeping herself close just in case Hope decided they were worth more betraying than helping.

She adjusted to sit up, eyeing him. “No more doing stupid shit, without me. You know we are stronger together.” Though, Jade leaned against him while watching Ascondia silently with Hope pacing in the other room. “Is she trustworthy? That man may have scrambled her noggin,”

“With my life,” Ascondia replied with a soft smile “But it’s been 12 years, mostly she has been asking questions, doing her job. She hasn’t told on us yet, which means she is considering my offer, which also means it was real bad,”

Hades drew her closer “Wasn’t planning to get shot,”

Ascondia raised a brow in thought then returned her attention to the door,

“OK maybe I knew he might be armed, it’s why it had to me,”

Jade adjusted to slip into his lap, learning her cheek against his chest, leaving a hand within his. “It’s why it had to be you? What do you mean?” She sided watching Ascondia from her lean.

“I knew I could take the bullet, I also knew you’d keep my dumb ass alive,” He smiled kissing her neck gently, “I knew you’d have my back,”

“He knew you’d talk him out of it and we needed the distraction,” Ascondia watched them for a moment before moving away from the door as Hope re-emerged.

Jade lifted her head offering Hope a smile while waiting for the tea. “What is the update, Hope?”

“Girl kicked the ever living crap out of 4 guys who tried to have their way with her, two of them are badly beaten, one got his spine shattered and the other,” She grimaced darkly “Got his head crushed,”

Ascondia sighed darkly as she heard the news “And do they know where she is?” She was now looking out over the lake.

“Not yet, but a friend will call if they have anything else, I also told them I was taking a few days after Luke attacked me and some nice guy put him on his ass, it won’t hold but it buys time” Hope sighed as sank down on the couch opposite them now.

Jade listened silently, looking to Hope, but kissed Hades on the cheek. Rising slowly but steadily to kneel before Hope. “It’s hard. You are strong. You don’t need to be alone in this. Believe me, I….know. See I was forced to until the slave caravan was stopped. I was meant to serve…every twisted fantasy with any man. It was not a good life. It wasn’t a life, circumstances…may be different, between me and you. Even world. But I found my rock, you will find yours. You feel like…you can’t hide. Perhaps, hiding is…not the answer. A new life. A new home…Ascondia. A little help here.”

“She is trying to tell you we have your back, I had to leave to go home, I want to help you, but I can’t until we bring in Kara,” She smiled to Jade “He’s already taken a bullet to get you out, she let her fiancée get shot to help you,” Ascondia paused “OK let is probably bending the narrative, still we have already put time into saving you now I need your help,”

“I have no more, all we can do is wait unless you know how to track her,”  Hope replied softly

“Well…let’s think about it like this. Start from the first attack? Maybe there is some kind of money or tavern type trail? I don’t know how those things work here.” Jade said, returning to Hades side.

“That’s the problem, this was a single attack, four men and her, they didn’t come out of it so well, they are tracking her movements via cameras through the city but it’s taking time, Connie the world has changed a lot since you left. We will find her but how do you stop her? How do you stop someone who can take out 4 guys?” There was a panic in Hope now that she was having a hard time dealing with everything she had seen.

Ascondia smiled and pointed to Hades and Jade “That’s how, in our realm he is a bounty hunter, or he was before he became a family man, but we did just stop a war, tangle with dragons, giant spiders, Unicorns,” She smiled “Yup those are real too, I know how it sounds, but how do you think I was able to tell you all those stories at our slumber parties? I didn’t make most of them up, they were real events, I just need you to trust me, just like always,”

“I thought you were dead, but it’s a lot Connie even for me, but then I have nothing left here, my dad was killed a few years ago, mom died last year, I guess starting again wouldn’t be so bad, I’m going to see if I can get that generator running, it’s going to get cold out here tonight and we will need to stay put for tonight,” She smiled softly and made her way out of the house.

“She OK?” Hades repeated quietly as he watched Ascondia now beginning to prepare the tea.

“A lot to take in, humans aren’t built to be exposed to our world so fast, look at their history and what happens when they are, she just needs to deal and we keep our eyes on her, she will lead us to Kara that we can count on,” Ascondia replied

Jade rose still a little weak to help Hades with the tea, one it was done, she poured it into four mugs and offered them to Ascondia and Hope. “What is…these cameras?”

Ascondia chuckled softly pulling her cell phone for a moment before the loud click she spun the screen to show Jade the picture she had taken of Jade “Kinda like memories, but so people can watch or see,”

“You don’t have technology in your world?” Hope looked almost disturbed by Ascondias implication now.

“We lead a far simpler life, more like your medieval period only less violence and more magick,” Hades shrugged in reply “Which is about when I was born here,” he added with a shake of his head.

Jade blinked at the way Ascondia held the phone and a click was heard. Curious, she learned forward to pet at the picture, within faintly was an orange glare. “Hm. Not very good at it. I don’t know it seems like…weird. Do people have privacy? I mean if what you say is true about moving pictures like this one…”

“We have video too,” Ascondia smiled and again aimed the camera at Jade for a few minutes before showing her the replay “Privacy in this world, kinda hard, hell some even record things just for fun, some for memory, some for revenge, the human realm is strange that’s for sure,”

“Really no phones, no video, what do you people do for fun,” Hope replied now wondering what she was getting herself into.

“Usually each other in wild sex parties,” Ascondia smiled before shaking her head softly “Our lives are simpler, well most, I am Queen so little hard for me to relax, his brother has a whole realm to watch over and twins, my daughter is apparently a mercenary for hire so life is never dull I promise you that,”

“His brother? Isn’t he the father of your daughter? It’s a lot to process Connie, I think I’m going to go lay down, there’s nothing to do now but wait, unless you can somehow fix my face,” Hope sighed softly as she walked past Ascondia she placed her hand on her shoulder “You coming?”

Ascondia placed her hand over Hopes for a moment before she nodded “I just need a minute,”

Jade moved over to Hope. “I can try. Your face wounds are not as life threatening as Hades. That is…if you’d allow me to. It will sting initially as I speed the body’s natural healing process.” She offered the woman a small smile.

Hope looked confused but nodded now, as she halted in her approach toward the bedroom “OK, I guess,”

“Did you get that generator working Hope?” Ascondia asked as she moved toward her

“Y.. Yea it just needs fuel and I couldn’t see straight, just pour it in the tank and hit the green button, should fire straight up,” Hope replied

“I got it,” Hades replied and headed off out of the door, a few minutes later and the generator was heard coughing and spluttering before the last bulb flickered to life, the cabin now becoming a little brighter.

Jade glanced to Ascondia as Hades left. “We should do so in the bedroom, she will want to sleep.” She then moved past Hope into the bedroom, while settling in the edge of the bed and instructing her to lay down. Jade waited and then when Hope was in position, she moved to settle at her side. “I need to know if there is any more injury on you.”

Hades made his way back inside as Jade was taking Hope to the bedroom, he had already scouted to ensure there were no surprises “Any chance you can throw up something to alert us of unwelcome guests?” His words to Ascondia

“I can but it won’t be able to tell the difference between animal and person, power isn’t as accurate as I’d want and to be honest I’m saving as much of my energy as I can to deal with Kara and take us home,” Ascondia replied

“Give us ten metres in all direction, if it’s closer than that then there’s good chance it isn’t dinner,” Ascondia nodded and made her way to window as Hades now leant in the doorway of the bedroom watching Jade.

“No just bumps and bruises, he was always careful enough not to break bones, otherwise he’d have the rest of my squad to deal with, guess I should have told them sooner this is the first time he ever really made a mess where it could be seen, he..” She started

“Don’t say he was a good man, before or he wasn’t like this until, he is what he is, you can’t change that and one day it’s going to get you killed,” Hades stated darkly, Hope looked to Jade and fell silent.

Jade glanced over her shoulder to Hades, inhaling deeply. She shifted her hands to place very gently against Hope’s face. “Take a deep breath. Trust me.” She said to Hope, add her eyes began to grow yellow and those canines appeared. In the next moment, Hope felt the sting at her face as the damage done began to mend itself and lower the inflammation, until it returned normal upon Hope’s face. The swelling going down, while the woman’s beauty was revealed and Jade lowered her hands with a soft smile. “I’ve been where you are…get out now, while you have this support.”

“Thank you, so much” Hope threw her arms around Jade sobbing deeply. Hades smiled softly as he watched her for a moment, as Hope lay back down she was asleep within a few minutes. Ascondia slipped past Hades and crawled in bed beside her

“I’ll keep an eye on her, thank you Jade,”

Jade was taken by surprise by the embrace from Hope, even more so by the tears. She simply held the woman, before guiding her down to watch her. When Ascondia returned, Jade simply nodded while rising from the bed and leaving the room to settle on the couch.

Hades drew and blanket over her then settled to sit on the floor beside resting his head against her, it wasn’t long before he too was asleep.


[Everything Changes] Broken Bones

Virra was leaning back on the bed, relaxing in her skirt and sharpening her blades, when Domi entered the room. He placed down his bow, moving to deeply kiss Virra sitting at her side then motioned Aerian close to pull her into his lap. Pressing his lips against hers, though after a few moments leaned back. “Explain to me about Tayla. Because from my understanding she is on her way and should be showing up soon. Not too happy.”

“She’s one of the original group, Aerian, Me, Kia and Kellan then Tayla, we were the original Ever Present, she is smart, and as deadly accurate with a knife as you are with a bow,” Harley replied softly as she watched Domi then Virra “She should also be dead, I sent Serah to take her out,” Harley paced the room slowly as Aerian lay against Virra her eyes closed as she simply listened, “And knows this hideout inside and out probably better than anyone as she is the one who brought us here,”

“Well, amusingly enough, Sareh is the one that imparted with the information. You, Harley, are the one she wanted to get close to and a broken hand remains. Speaking with her, we have a lot of work to do in order to prove our word is loyal. Especially you, Harley. In their eyes, you cannot be trusted,” Domi stated while assisting Aerian to sit next to Virra and pacing. “We are here to stay.”

“She wanted something I wasn’t in the mood to give” Harley replied flatly “But Teyla is headed for our humble home, we may be in very deep trouble,”

“Right up to the point she realises I’m here,” Aerian replied absently remaining with her eyes closed as she laid against Virra “She’s good but then so are you, neither could end me, we put me between her and you and see what happens,”

“Don’t be stupid Aerian you are not the twelves gift in combat, I dare bet your girl can whip your ass, or the handsome wonder over there, and I had you down twice, love stopped me killing you not skill Aerian,” Harley snapped coldly watching her “And your pregnant and prone to making really dumb choices like climbing into the pit with a seriously unbalanced murder cult leader,”

“With my wife to be and an archer watching your every move, I was never in danger Harley, if it had got to the point where my life was in danger Virras blade or Domis arrow would have put you down, that was the fail safe,” Aerian replied “There is enough force in this place to stop her,”

“See them jumping in front of Teyla for you?” Harley sighed softly “Wake up Aerian, they are not going to throw themselves on Teylas blades to save us,”

“Then we have to prepare for the worst. I do hope Shadow stuck around, that arachnid never ceases to amaze me.” Virra muttered while Domi shivered to the thought. “What a family, we have here. No one willing to step up. Defend each other, only out for themselves…I suppose I should know better. That was how I was before finding my purpose…perhaps besides the money, which is what the Ever Present needs. A purpose. Survival right now has them by the balls, that isn’t enough to secure loyalty. Regardless of you being present, Firefly, we need to prepare.”

“Let her come,” Aerian replied there was an eerie cold in her voice as she spoke.

“Well well, that spider was a tricky blighter to slip past, but you,” Aerian was already sat as the female stepped from the shadow a right hand catching Harley sending her to the floor, placing her foot over her throat “Don’t be moving Harley hate to have to kill ya faster,” She was calm and focused as her gaze was sizing up Virra and Domi “So what brought you back? And more to the point how is she not dead?”

She was lean and well-built as her short hair was tied back, “What surprised me more though, is you were so sure you didn’t even check a room with only one way in, wasn’t that why you picked this room Aerian? Always rattling on about watching your back, not leaving yourself open and then you go and do just that, have been waiting a while though, slipped in while you were stirring up the troops,” She laughed cold enough to cause Aerian to feel the hairs on her neck raise, she looked to Domi and pushed down on Harleys “Now now don’t down anything dumb or I crush her throat,”

Virra adjusted a slight in the bed to the presence of Teyla, though, Domi remained in place. All eyes fixed on Teyla with Harley on the ground boot against her neck. “Don’t worry, save your breath. You need no introduction.” Virra commented her words clean and sharp as daggers.

“I hate spiders…” Domi muttered, though returned back to settle on the edge of the bed.

“Seems we are at a stalemate.” Virra chuckled, glancing to Aerian now, waiting for her lead since she knows everyone best. Especially those of the founders.

“Let her go Teyla if you were going to kill her she would have been dead before she hit the ground,” Aerian remarked as she watched Teyla.

“Funny, but wrong, killing her is the easy part but I need her to suffer Aerian, just as she made The Ever Present suffer, she sent them to kill me you know that right? Her heads a mess since you left, and oh my god after you left she never shut up,” Teyla rolled her eyes as she pushed down a little causing Harley to squirm under her “Oh stay still honey pie, I’ll put you out of your misery soon enough, even if it is going to cost my life,”

Aerian remained quiet as she watched Teyla before she shrugged softly and settled back into Virra “Fine, but if you insist on killing her please take her out of my room, I am  in no mood to clean up blood,” There was a darkness in her voice that unnerved even herself now.

Teyla paused as she looked at Aerian before she reached down to grab at Harley, the moment she reached down and the pressure released Harley caught her arm and spun from under her, and to her feet as she turned into Teyla there was a crack as Harley caught the back of her elbow. Teyla stumbled as she was caught off guard. Harley kicked her square in the chest before stepping back and looking to Aerian.

“Thought I taught you better than to take your eye of your target, especially a highly unbalanced one,” Aerian looked to Harley who nodded softly and left the room “Don’t suppose you can do anything for her Domi?”

Virra remained relaxed as her arm was held against Aerian, the red-head hearing the steady beating of her heart. Domi moved from the edge of the bed, looking from the leave of Harley and then Teyla. “Harley is a lost cause, I know medicine and surgical procedures but I’m not a head doctor. I’ll check out her throat too. Now, Teyla on the other hand…I’m sure I could help fix the broken rib. Easy peasy.”

Domi neared Teyla, extending a flamboyant bow with a smirk. “Names Domi. Medical certified and marksman.” He chuckled. “Come. I’ll get that chest kick inspected for the rib and painkiller.”

Virra chuckled to Domi, shaking her head while caressing Aerian’s back in a pull close. Kissing her crown. “Go on. Go with Domi, I’ll be fine here.”

“Harley isn’t a lost caused, not yet,” She watched him with a soft smile “She had the upper hand, Teyla should be dead but she stood down, so there’s that,”

Teyla spat blood to the ground and growled as she stood with a groan looking to Aerian and Virra “How can you be so fucking calm in all this, your pet broke my ribs without even a fucking thought, she’s a time bomb Aerian,”

Aerian pushed into Virra and looked to Domi with a soft smile “You’re more than just the medic, you know that right?”

Teyla growled holding her hand at her rib and storming from the room and down toward the infirmary. Before settling on the bed and laying back with a groan.

Domi winked to Aerian, turning to follow Teyla to the infirmary. Moving to gather some items from a cabinet and two pills with a glass of water. “Sit up and take these it will help with the pain.” When she sat up, after taking the medication. Domi instructed her to remove her shirt. “Don’t worry I need to feel the way your ribs move to know the pressure in the bandage.” When she hesitated, but then removed her top. He placed his ear against her chest, listening and with a nod began to bind her torso, some places were tight others lose. “There all set. Come to me when you need the painkiller but I assume you’ll use liquor.” He began to put the remaining items away but spoke to Teyla. “Harley could have killed you, you could have killed her. I’d say that makes it even. But I wonder why. There is some humility left here after all.”

“I planned to make her suffer, I believe I was clear on that? I don’t take kindly to having my life threatened, it seems however things have changed leaving me with uncalculated variables, like a giant spider wandering around outside?” She sighed then groaned awkwardly “Or Aerian being back, which admittedly is nice to see, you and the dark haired girl not part of my plans, should have just killed her when I had the chance,” She shifted her legs over the edge of the bed “Still thanks for the patch up doc, you’re a good man and the world lack those these days,”

He offered Teyla her top. “Might want this. Don’t want to let on that you are injured for others to exploit. If I had coin for every time someone wanted me dead. I’d be a rich man. To me Harley being alive is to make her suffer, kill em with kindness. But forget that, I do have an idea, however, don’t be too hasty. I suggest you go to talk to Aerian. There is a lot of catching up to do.” He then left the infirmary to find Harley in order to inspect her throat and elbow.

Harley was sat by the fire in the throne room, silent and focused only on the flames as she sighed softly, her arm ached and swallowing was difficult, as she simply remained silent and within herself.

Soon with a medical bag in hand, he found Harley, Domi walked over to settle beside her. Without a word, he retrieved a tongue presser. He lifted a hand to turn her face to him. “Say, ‘ah’ and often your mouth really wide.” When she did as instructed, he peered into her mouth via throat. Then lifted his hands to gently feel around her throat in the location of the past boot. “You’ll be fine, the neck may have a bruise and your throat is a little swollen.” He then began to inspect her elbow by moving it up and down, then side to side. “Interesting, you don’t need me to tell you that’s going to be sore for the next week. Quite an elbow you have. Though you will have to wear it in a sling for a day or two to allow the muscles to heal. I want you to move it like I did twice a day for three minutes to keep mobility. It will be good as new before you know it.” He dug around in his bag and removed two pills and a flask of water. “Take one today and another tomorrow. This will help your muscles relax and fight the inflammation in both elbow and throat.” 

He closed up his bag to lean back watching the flames. “I know you might be pissed and quite frankly, I don’t blame you. Now as for, Tayla. I’m sure you know what it’s like to have a target in your head. I’m not saying hold hands and be the best friends ever. In the twist of this mess, she could have killed you but didn’t. That goes without saying, there is a reason. I would not jump in without weighing everything. Now, you have much more to consider and mend. Nothing is a lost cause until you give up completely and I know you won’t.”

“Until a few hours ago, I would have killed her the moment I slipped her grasp, she made a mistake and I would have made her pay for it, but that would undo what you, Aerian and Virra are trying to do, I don’t want to be that person, you three will have your hands full as you’ve seen,” Harley sighed filling her mouth then popping the pills and swallowing “I don’t want to undo what Aerian is trying to do, nor do I want to lead, I always preferred to follow, and I would do anything for Aerian, she was always my heart even after she left, but I get it, I don’t mean the same to her and in time I’ll reconcile with that,” She smiled softly before wiping the tears and sighing “I will walk the line, and I will behave myself, I’m also withdrawing from contracts that require murder, Aerian was right when she said I kill because I get off on it, looking at what I’ve become I am afraid of myself,”

Domi placed the remaining items into his bag and placed a hand on Harley’s shoulder before rising. “The only one that can fix you, is you. Yes, I agree, that not taking assassination jobs would be in your best interest. Well, time to go check on my angels. Change bandages and whatnot. See you later, Harley.”

He turned to leave the throne room and head to the bed chambers.

“I’m sorry I hurt Aerian, I forget sometimes how good she is, I never meant to harm her though not for a second,” Harley smiled softly and patted his fore arm “The hardest part in all this is knowing she will never look at me the way she does you and Virra,” Harley shrugged softly and returned her gaze to the flames of the fire.

He entered the bed chambers, moving over to Virra who was in the bed sleeping then to Aerian. Domi leaned over to kiss Aerian deeply, caressing her cheek. “You are amazing. All this time, you have so many that care for you. Seems you always make an impression. From the moment I met you, you’ve stolen my heart.” He took her hand and inspected it while instructing her to flex her hands and fingers one at a time. “Seems I’ve defused some bombs, Teyla had a broken rib and Harley pulled a muscle at her elbow and throat is going to be sore for a few days. How are you feeling?”

“Tired,” Aerian sighed softly as she flexed her hand immediately feeling the knitting flesh resist the movement “It hurts, ribs too, honestly I’d forgot how good Harley was in close combat, but thank you for talking to them. It means the world to me, I’m …” her voice trailed off as she looked at the angry red across her palm “I don’t feel right, like some part of me is missing, I’m glad you’re here and glad she is resting” She let her eyes slip to Virra with a smile “Maybe it’s just being back here that’s throwing me,”

He opened his bag shifting through in order to clean and place some ointment upon the stitches. “This should help keep your skin healing and moisturized,” Domi said softly, placing fresh badges around it. After kissing her hand, Domi looked to Aerian lovingly caressing her cheek. “A lot has happened, my angel. Old memories will give to new. Plus you are pregnant, that is bound to make anyone feel off. Get some sleep, I’ll be right here to watch over my beautiful angels.”

Aerian kissed him softly before curling up beside Virra, “You should lay with us, it doesn’t feel right if you don’t” Her mind focused quickly on the steady breathing of Virra ensuring it wasn’t long before Aerian was taken by the need to sleep. Exhaustion taking over now.

[Ending A War] Trying for the Future

Hades caught the edge of the dummy with his blade a he flash of sparks erupting on contact, he turned as he kicked out catching the dummy with a thud before landing just behind. He spun his sword in his hand a wiped the sweat from his brow.

Since leaving the meeting Hades had trained to the point of exhaustion and yet was refusing to rest for a moment, he looked over his sword, the edge still shone with a darkness, as sharp as it had ever been, Hades was going to war and had every intention of coming out the other side alive and well.

Jade silently watched Hades as she sat upon a crate, the Katana fixed to her hip and hair flowing lose around her shoulders in a dark waterfall. The bruise still around her neck, while rising now and nearing him. The scent of cherry blossom enveloping him in her presence. “You’ve had enough. While it is good to ensure that you are in excellent condition, also it falls in line to not be exhausted.”

“I know Jade, truly I do, but there is so much anger and hatred behind this blade, being that clouded will serve us less to this war” He felt her hand take his sword, just for a moment his grip help before he nodded and released it to her.

“Of course being exhausted will serve us less” He eyed the bruise on her neck, just for a moment he felt a twinge of regret curl at his gut, quickly buried beneath the memory of how responsive and wet she was during the whole thing, “I love you, Jade, you know I’m doing this for you. All of this from me is because I love you, I will lay down my life if it means this realm is safer for you,” He drew her to him with a gentle grin “Not that I have any intention of winding up dead, I refuse to give Ceremon that satisfaction, even if I know he isn’t going to end up dead either,”

She pressed herself against him now, closing her eyes. “Just don’t do anything rash and I believe we will make it out with another win for the realm.” In her lean, he saw those delicate fingers trace the bruise lovingly at her neck. “We are not only doing this for each other but for the next generation of Elcarus to this realm.”

His hand ran over her neck slowly, as his eyes settled on her cleavage. She could hear the thud of his heart as beat beneath his chest, a heart which he often denied existed until she became his. He remained silent but continued to caress the bruise a reminder of her trust in him. And his for her, he had shown the darker side of him to her, the one he protected everyone else from. It was for her and her alone.

“When this war ends you will be bringing forth the next generation, our child” His hand now slid to rest on her stomach.

Her own touch hesitated as his hand lifted to caress her bruise, raising her head to offer him more flesh to touch. But it was as his hands ended on her abdomen, that her own was placed upon his, looking down. “I just…hope it’s possible…” She whispered, reserved. It was true that only Kitsune bred with the same of their kind. Such was not known outside the world if such mysterious creatures.

“I don’t know Jade, truthfully your kind are so rare, you’re almost a legend, but we are meant for each other which means if we have faith in us, what is meant to happen, will happen” He ran his hand over her stomach softly “I was once told the less you think about it, there more likely the odds the realms will deliver, though half kitsune half demon? Could be fun,” There was a softness to his voice, a part of him wanted to assure her that children were in their future but he couldn’t make that promise and he knew it. “I can tell you this for sure though, if you can then that’s incredible and I can’t wait, if you can’t then it doesn’t matter because I still have you, which is more than I could ever want for, no matter what happens with children, I love you and that will not change”

“Oh…I don’t know about legend…” She said with a blush, that shy girl coming forth once more. But Jade listened to his words, nothing was needed in response as her lips were upon his, to act upon his words.

Hades melted into the kiss, his arms wrapping around her waist and hoisting her to his hips before roaming her back gently. Reflected in the kiss was the self same fire she drew out in him, a deep and as passionate as they ever were.

“I think its time we went to bed to finish what we started earlier,” He growled against her ear, with that he slid his arms under her backside and made his way to their room with her still locked around his waist.

To the hoist she compensated by linking her ankles behind his back and wrapping her arms around his neck for ample support, a croon parted her lips to the fierce growl that echoed in her ears. He felt her heart racing as her bountiful bosom wrapped in the fabrics of her kimono thunder against his, but, leaned her cheek against his shoulder as he walked her just this way into the estate and their room.

As he kicked their door closed behind him he made his way to the dresser sitting her upon it as he was now between her legs, his hands once more returning to roaming her back beneath her kimono, his touch light barely touching the tender flesh yet letting his fingertips glide over every inch of flesh. His lips now working down over her neck and collar bone in soft kisses.

Jade eagerly clawed at his tunic while her lips parted in a rush of pleasure while his own touch invaded the fabrics of her kimono to present the silken surface beneath his greedy touch. She tilted her head to expose more of her neck and shoulder to him, that bruise lingering in the release of his previous darkness but such a side that he shared with her.

Hades kept his touch light, as he worked down over her shoulder, slowly he kissed her shoulder slowly. His hands slid down her back around her hips and slowly up along her stomach slowly. Before sliding back free of her clothing and began working her clothes from her body.

She sat on the dresser now, cradled with the fabric of her kimono pulled around her. Each touch of his hands and lips caused a soft croon from Jade. While the exotic beauty was revealed to him in the most intimate detail. Now she leaned forward to peel his clothing from him in a ritualistic manner.

Hades allowed her to undress him, offering no resistance to her revealing him to her, his hands now working back to run over her breasts before pinching her nipples a little. Before moving in to capture her lips in a deep longing kiss, his hands now returning to roaming her flesh slow and tenderly back to taking his time.

She yelped softly to his administration to her buds, this caused the delightful buttons to peak and tense. Though she fell into the kiss with a shudder, slowly within the tangle of the slick muscle the depth intensified. Her hands lifted to tangle within his hair in order to keep him close and locked into the kiss.

His hands now slid to her hips as he stepped forward his manhood pressed against her, his hands worked her hips for a moment to position her before he repositioned himself to enter her.

As the position was prime, she lifted her legs to curl around him with heels pushing him forward. A cry of sheer joy parted her lips as his tool plunged within her molten depths, holding still, and then clamping her lips upon his and scooting to near the edge of the dresser.

His motion was slow and measured, easing back from her before slowly sliding back into her each time holding within her for a moment before sliding back, his hands running over her back slow and deliberate now there was a deep passion in the way they were entangled with each other, Hades kept his rhythm slow and tender now, the very opposite of the last encounter they had with each other.

Her sounds were incredible within this encounter, it seemed not only her mind but body reacted with the lubrication her honey provided. When he would sunk within her, those legs tightened almost as though silently pleading for him to remain only to be denied. As his fingers caressed and kneaded at her tattooed back caused a gasp to part her lips, her own hands kneading into his upper shoulders.

Hades moaned her name gently as he plunged into her, his eyes one hers intently as he now withdrew this time holding back from her, as she was about to protest he slid into her this time slow and deliberate allowing her to feel every ridge along his hard tool as it entered her until he was deep within her.

Her eyes met his causing this time to be intense and passionate, indeed her mouth posted to protest but was silenced by the plunge forming into the deliverance of her praising sounds. Jade tiles her chin back this have him a view of the bruise on her neck. Her hands had lowered to knead against his lower back pleading for him to speed his movements.

He didn’t, Hades had control and this was just another way of tormenting her, a reminder she was his world and he would show her every piece of him. As he withdrew and slid into her slow again his breathing unsteady in that moment, a control of her also meant he had to control his own wants. The heat of her as surrounded him inch by inch was still as enticing as the first time and as hot as the last, he groaned hungrily but remained slow and controlled.

Jade cried out, while his show deliberate movements proved to be pure torture for her as she begged and pleaded to be taken harder and faster. While after her lips crushed against his, his control reinstated even with her begging, lips folding against his and slick muscle tangled. Her body went rigid, that is when he first felt the throbbing and all at once a powerful rush of juices flowed, again and again, washing him with her ambrosial nectar.

He held deep within her feeling her muscles as they clamped against him, he moaned softly before he withdrew from her a soft smile, he broke the kiss for a moment “I love you,” he stated gently.

Jade was groggy still but to this new position, her eyes widened and the sound of joy parted her lips. He felt her shudder and silken fold clamp upon him. The two were parted for just a moment and combined again, it was sheer rapture. One hand was placed upon his chest, as her hips began to roll, slowly at first.

He breathed deeply, the feeling of himself so deep within her was incredible to him, as her hips began to roll, his hands reached tracing over the flesh of her stomach and breasts slowly, his touch light and tender now.

Jade tilted her head back while the soft sounds she made and the way her flesh rolled beneath his touch voices the pleasures this have her. Her hips moved causing his tool to feel every ripple within, it was magnificent as the love to his life was so vulnerable to him. Even with the bruise around her neck as the mark to the darker side that she had accepted. While to others saw her as was fragile, he knew better. She was a strong and amazing woman, not very many could see past her layers.

But her rocking grew to a higher speed and urgency, taking forward to integrate a deep passionate kiss.

Hades growled in reply now his back arching forcing himself deeper within her as he shuddered, a groan and he released himself deep within her.

It was a tender but powerful moment as her warm lips caressed his when her folds clapped down upon him and he felt the essence drip down his thighs. The two had hit their climax at the same time, Jade collapse on his chest panting as his throbbing flesh remained in her living flower surrounding him.

His arms instantly slid around her waist holding her to him, his breathing broken and ragged from the passion a moment they shared, a reminder that their world was their own, his hands ran over her back then to her ass and back to resting against her lower back.

[Ending A War] Clearing the Mind

Aerian squeezed the last drops into a small phial, as she looked to Virra to a soft shrug.

“That’s it I think, this either unscrambles moms head, or it’ll kill her, we should get it to Jade,”

Virra nodded slipping from the edge of the table after watching the fiery female focus for a good few hours now. Moving to inspect the phial. “Let’s do it then. Sooner I can eat my fill of you.” She wrapped an arm around Aerian’s waist with a playful grope and grab of her bottom.

“Everything OK? Or do I need to need to remind Uncle Hades how he should be behaving as a Lord of our family?” There was an edge to her voice that was concern for a friend and member of the family, and a reminder she knew who he was inside.

Virra blinked for a moment, rather puzzled by Aerian’s words, looking around as they had not yet left the laboratory. “Whom are you speaking on, Firefly? Is that were he is in their room?”

Aerian shook her head clearing the vision “No Jade is in the kitchen, she just …” She sighed softly kissing Virra gently “We’ve been awake far too long, and I guess I’m tired”

As they entered the kitchens Aerian made her way to Jade, it was early morning, Aerian figured Jade would be preapring her mothers morning meal by this point as she smiled softly.

“I have the potion, god I hate that word but it is what it is,” She did note the bruises but remained quiet “Just be warned it will either clear her head, or it will kill her”

Jade glanced to Aerian and Virra as they entered, nodding to the words and accepting the phial. Virra though was not so quiet about the bruising around Jade’s delicate neck and instantly titled her chin up in a vice grip. The appearance was as though a strong hand nearly strangled her. “Who the fuck would dare hurt you like this…?” Virra growled, while Jade looked to Aerian for help, since a furious Virra was seething dangerous.

“Uncle Hades” Aerian replied blankly “We’re not going to push Jade, but remember you are family and we have your back, no matter who it is”

She moved to Virra placing her hand over Virras causing her grip to break, looking gently to Virra then Jade “We care for you, remember that as well”

Jade looked down as Virra was still oozing fury, a deep blush on her porcelain cheeks that slithered up her neck. “I-I know. We both needed it…and I like it rough, like that…” She whispered. “He marked me…”

Virra clutched her jaw tightly with a twitch of a muscle, Aerian has seen that furry in her fiance’s eyes. She turned quickly to leave the kitchen, it was clear that Virra want going to let this lay.

Aerian felt the anger that burned in Virra, the link worked both ways as she placed a hand on Jades arm “Be careful with him, I love Uncle Hades, but I never forget what he is inside, but we all have our demons, and you’re alive which means he knows where the lines are,”

She smiled softly and followed Virra from the kitchen catching her in one of the hallways “Bad memories?” She said softly

Jade looked up to Aerian with a show nod but turned back to the food and drink preparations. Though once out in the hall, she stopped Virra those dark eyes were daggers. “She was beaten? How the fuck is that normal? He had to have forced it. I’m mean look at Jade, she is so meek and shy…” Virra was shaking with rage.

“She wanted it, and Hades has been off lately, way off,” Aerian sank against the wall beside her lover softly as she took her hand “There is a constant battle in his head, between him and the demon in him, and that thing is no cake walk, he almost killed dad several times, but usually he suppresses it, it makes him twitchy and prone to mistakes, but she is alive, and she seemed happy, she would have run for the hills if not, I don’t think she’s afraid of him, and because she loves him, and he loves her,” Aerian was unsure if any of this made sense or if she was indeed simply trying to justify it somehow.

“We have to trust them Virra, and if it’s anything I promise if he went to far, family or not we will put him down,”

Virra looked to Aerian for a moment the anger not completely defused, but sighed. “At least, put my mind at ease…let’s go talk to him. I won’t be able to calm myself unless I hear from Hades…”

Hades was in the yard, already surrounded by several guards as they went at it Hades was fluid and accurate every strike landed was deliberate and well placed.Even as good as the Dentarian Guards were Hades new each move ahead of time, one thrown clear across the yard into the wall beyond as he landed on his feet in a crouch.

Aerian rolled her shoulders as they made toward him before he sent a knife through the air her way, her reflexes just as quick just as sharp as she took the blade from the air, “Careful or I’m going to think you’re trying to kill me, and I’m not 13 this time,” Her words were sharp as she spoke.

Virra gathered the blade to throw down to the ground, keeping her dark eyes on Hades. “We just saw Jade. She has a bruise around her neck and said you are the cause.”

“And your pissed at me? Because you think I hurt her out of spite, anger a hatred of people?” Hades replied before turning his gaze on Aerian “Or that I may be slipping, losing control of the dark inside?”

“She told us that she enjoyed it. But I wanted to hear it from you. I’ve been beaten and raped on more than one occasion, to recognize those marks. I could assume, though I’d rather give you a chance. Would Kane or Aishani see that you will need support.” Virra said calmly but there was a low growl to her voice.

“And considering, You, my niece, my brother and his wife are all under one roof, such acts would be suicide for me, especially right now. Yes I hurt her, not because I wanted to, but because I needed to in that moment. I need to be clear going into what we are in, the fight we’re in, Jade let me be me, just long enough to get us both off, she’s beautifully strong like that, I wouldn’t hurt her because I could, it’s more likely she could do more harm to me anyway, I love her” Hades replied, there was no conflict or excuse in his words now “So you take it as you need but I wont apologise for it,”

Virra exchanged a glance with Aerian, then looked to Hades, it appeared his words defused her temper for now. But, she didn’t respond to Hades’ words, taking Aerian’s hand in her own and left the courtyard. As they walked it was clear something weighed upon her mind quite heavily. Though when it seemed that no words were to be spoke, Virra spoke. “It was consensual. You said he has a demon in him…what happened to the two of you when you were thirteen? Do you trust, Hades?”

“Yea grandad used parts of dad, Krystal and Haunted, and himself which created Uncle Hades, he seemed to have ducked the vampiric side of the family and instead got a huge dose of chaos demon instead, which left unchecked causes him to go bat shit crazy.” Aerian sighed softly bringing Virras hand to her lips.

“I was sent back to the Everlands when I was about nine, seems that human kids are nasty and they pissed me off in a bad way which resulted in me trying to electrocute several of them, mum had no choice but to send me back. When I was youner Uncle Hades wasn’t who he is now, the demon unchecked uncontrolled, his logic was he couldn’t beat dad so instead, he beat me half to death and tried to throw me into the ravine, figuring killing me would be the best way to hurt dad. He failed, Uncle Krys got to me in time, and wasn’t long after that dad locked him away.”

Aerians words were heavy with the pain she held onto in those days “But at least Uncle Hades is capable of compassion, grandad left the human range of emotions, which ultimately led to him turning on him and in time coming to us, you take that out like grandad did the second time and you get Hareavor, ice cold, no regret, no remorse and even more unstable than Uncle Hades. So at least we have that going for us, we need him focused not battling with his inner demon, and in his case quite literally, my question though is what has you so rattled? I have seen you angry but this is a whole other level”

Virra stopped to look at the cottage as it now stood before them. “When I was younger, much younger. My Pops had a right hand man that used to torture and beat women that were captured or ‘rescued’ from the slave traders to a fate much worse, I was so furious when I spoke to my Pops about it that he didn’t believe me. Turned his head the other way, I had bruises on my body, most unseen, others much like Jade’s. In the end, I killed him but made it appear another group had done so. I was free though every time I see a woman with battered marks upon her I slip into a rage, remembering it all…”

Aerian felt her blood run cold as she heard Virras words, her eyes welled just for a moment “I … he does love her,” She barely knew what to say in that moment as she slid into Virras arms “He wouldn’t hurt us now, any of us,”

Virra wrapped her arms around Aerian, cradling her head gently against her shoulder. “I hope such is as you say, Firefly. But, it brought back memories is all. Don’t feel sad, nor sympathy to me. It was part of my life and made me the woman that loves you today. I’m only stronger from it and I did not wish Jade to be found in a situation that she truly did not wish.”

Aerian nodded softly “Just thinking of anyone hurting you, it sucks, past or present. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone either, and Hareavor ensured I could never …. not with a man anyway, not sure if it sucked because of what it was or how he was, or because in some twisted way he was family, which when you look at the rest of us who’d die for each other,” She sighed softly “Come on, you made a threat to eat me, and it’s already been too damn long since we were alone, so you can make brain turn to mush so I forget everything,” It was deflection on Aerians part, but Virra would feel the knot of pain that twisted up inside of Aerian, it would be impossible for either of them to hide their emotions from the other now their bond already stronger than ever.

Virra looked to Aerian tilting her head at the sense of pain that lingered, lifting a hand to caress her cheek with a smirk, running a thumb over the plump bottom of Aerian’s lip. “I think, we both could use a distraction.” Suddenly Virra pushed Aerian back and she felt her feet lift from the ground, before Aerian knew it she was in Virra’s arms. “I think, I completely forgot that I haven’t carried my bride to be over the threshold.” She chuckled and walked to the door and through it, as her lips were on Aerian’s.

Aerian smiled before reacting to the kiss, before she broke the kiss looking to Virra for a moment “It’s about time!” She smirked as her emerald eyes reflected nothing but passion for Virra “You’re incredible you know that right, I do have a question and it’s going to sound seriously weird,”

Virra kicked the door closed behind her with a foot, while balancing with Aerian and walking with her to the bedroom. Dropping her on the bed, meticulously beginning to remover Aerian’s clothing, while Virra’s lips gave chase and offered playful nips at her lover’s ticklish spots. “Oh? Weird, hm? Well you better ask before I change my mind.”

Aerian squirmed each time Virra caught a ticklish spot, she could feel her body respond, “Considering everything we’ve been through, were you always a girl type girl or do you miss men in some way?”

She stopped her intentions on Aerian, instead standing to remove her clothing to press her naked body against Aerian’s. Fingertips caressing across her shoulders, down her collar bone from left to right. “I suppose there could have been a time I liked men, but that was stolen from me by the man that took my innocence.” She watched as her fingers graced the skin leading to Aerian’s breasts but instead pranced between the swells without touching. “Being surrounded by disgusting men, it really wasn’t a thought in my mind. How about you?”

Aerian caught Virras hand moving it to her breast slowly “I always had a thing for girls, at least as I started to develop like that, but when I got older, I mean even ignoring what Hareavor did, or others, my work occasionally had me need to do things, sleep with men for information or to piss off a wife, but sometimes it was enjoyable”

Virra nodded to her, but instead of cupping and massaging her lovers mound, she caressed the full shape with her fingers. Tracing small circles around the bud but never actually touching the surface directly. “Did you like sleeping with the men for jobs? I’ve always been curious of a threesome.”

“I liked that sometimes I needed to, to get a job done, it feels good, I have all the power in those occasions, maybe that’s why” Aerian squirmed against Virra now wrapping her legs around one of Virras and grinding her hips against her.

Virra lowered a hand to cup and smack Aerian’s behind, with a rub after. “I’ll make you forget every man you slept with.” She said with her mouth sinking to Aerian’s bud into her mouth with lustful vigor.

Aerian groaned deeply, still grinding her hip into Virras leg as she could feel the heat from Virra mouth on her nipple her whole body shuddered.

Virra guided Aerian to her back, lips still fixed to the bosom, nibbling gently with flicking the bud captured with her greedy feast. Rolling her thigh more firmly against Aerian’s sweet spot, a hand lowered to slither a finger to stimulate her pearl.

Aerian moaned, her whole body tensed against Virras touch, her whole body prickling with pleasure as Virra would find Aerian incredibly wet to her touch.

Virra grinned amidst the focus on Aerian’s succulent bosom, parting with a very gentle grab and pluck of her bud watching as the flesh juggled. With the added lubrication it was easy for her to glide and massage her pearl. Virra tilted her chin up. “Mmm, someone is excited…” She purred beside her ear.

“Admittedly I’ve been wet all day because someone has been threatening to fuck me all day” Aerian replied her words coming between gasps, as she moaned deeply, right before her whole body shuddered from the touch of her lover “And …” Aerian let the statement hold as the images in her head caused her body to grind into Virras hand hungry now for her release.

Virra positioned herself between Aerian’s legs now, her body keeping Aerian’s legs apart. Just as the fingers left her pearl to plunge three violently and drop into her silken folds to the knuckle, wriggling the digits. “And…?”

Aerian squealed in delight feeling Virra penetrate her so violently only pushed her deeper into the pleasure, as she clamped against her invading fingers she tried to clear her mind enough to answer “I … want … to …” Aerian squirmed awkwardly now “To … see …. you fucked” she breathed breathlessly now

At this point Virra began to pump her fingers like a tool with Aerian, yet she felt a little pressure at her back door as a pinky traced the sensitive entry. “You’re so dirty…” Virra whispered next to her ear but in the next instant, her lips laughed of the line with such force and stimulation it was only A cover for the plunge of her pinky into her back door.

Aerian growled as it stung just for a moment before pleasure returned just as quickly she ground down again into Virras hand, she could feel her cheeks flush in her cheeks as she whimpered “You put the idea there, nor did you say no, so …” she moaned as she felt a fresh wave of pleasure shuddered through her.

“For you, Firefly, I would do anything…” she panted beside her ear, before a free hand cupped her cheek. Taunting her with her lips but never kissing Aerian. Each attempt caused her to move her hands faster to bring her near a climax before slowing only to do such again and again. Virra was building her up to the moment of a limit drawn out release.

Aerian would feel it build only for Virra to snatch it away causing her to moan in frustration as she turned to look into Virras eyes there was a strange look of defiance combined with the desire before she managed to speak “Don’t do it because I want to, I need you to want it too, to explore every aspect of who we are in every and any way we can think of” she moaned deeply

Virra smirked to Aerian, only moving her hands faster with the wiggle of the digits to press every button Aerian had. That is when Aerian felt the subtle touch upon her pearl from Virra’s thumb. “I wouldn’t have it any other way…” She growled sensually and crushed her lips against Aerian’s, the heat alone was melting as the kiss stopped discussion and held the deep seeded passion, slick muscle urging Aerian to climax.

Aerians hands wound into the sheets as her back pushed up forcing her down into Virras hand, an attempt to hold back the wave which threatened to crash through her, as her thumb touched the tender bud her body spasmed violently, breaking the kiss to cry out in pleasure. Her whole body shuddered violently as she passed through one release right into another waiting just behind!

Virra seemed pleased by the release, a seductive expression on her face, though just before the other release rushed forth Virra’s hot mouth was suckling and lapping up the nectar. Placing intent suction upon the bud pearl, as the slick tool if her tongue violently penetrated her. Another finger joined her pinky, thrusting more quickly.

As Virra moved Aerian grabbed her hair pushing her against her face, a hunger that burned as she ground into Virra now her moans of pleasure growing with each moment. A third violent orgasm Aerian snapped back into the bed ercries now becoming screams as she twisted against Virra,the world around her dimming as she lay shuddering.

Virra wasn’t done, the fact that Aerian’s hand pushed against her head seemed to fuel her as it appeared the sheer taste of her lover want going to do there. Her tongue slithered deeper as she nibbled at the plump pearl amidst the suckling. She paused to drink her in and went again and again, pushing Aerian to a limit never brief sought with anyone. Virra wanted to please her and to the heavens. Everything seemed to blend into one motion, one act and it was hard to focus on just one. Out was clear Virra wanted her to beg to stop.

Aerian lost track somewhere between the fourth or fifth orgasm only that her body gave up to a quivering mass of flesh every touch from Virra now incredibly heightened as her body shuddered from one orgasm to the next, she wanted to pull away but hadn’t the strength to do so, her mind wanted more and more a hunger for her lover as her body again resisted “No …. more ….. please” Aerian begged softly barely above a whisper.

Virra grinned satisfied with her pleas, adjusting to lay at her side, only caressing her quivering flower with the lightest, loving touch. Though she whispered to Aerian, beside her ear. “From now on, I will only stop when your body gives and you beg for me to do so…” She kissed her neck gently.

“You’re mean” Aerian breathed softly “But I’m going to return the pleasure, after we sleep!” Aerian could feel Virra beside her a gentle comfort settling as exhaustion pushed her body further over the edge now.

[A New Path] Arak’neth

Aishani left the tent not too long after Kane since now it was now five months into her pregnancy, but on this morning she appeared to be more tired than normal. She smiled to Kane and was a few feet from him before she covered her mouth and darted away to hide behind a tent. It was clear that she was vomiting from morning sickness. He had seen her belly grow over the months, yet, she hid it very well beneath her clothing with a slightly larger bump due to carrying twins. 
After a time, she reappeared, offering Kane a small smirk and went immediately for the water to swish in her mouth to eliminate the smell on her breath. “Morning, my love.” She said softly, kissing him on the cheek and settling down with a hand on her abdomen, caressing the roundness. “They are restless this morning…” 

“Good morning my love, probably sensing what a bad idea their father is having bringing dragons into Dentarius,” He smiled softly, he filled her plate with some food and placed it in front of her, she would eat or not in her own time.

“We should hit our destination before dark, if things go right we can be home tomorrow” Kane rolled his shoulders in thought “We’ll ensure Dentarius is safe and then turn our attention to ousting our parents, I suspect Z’ress isn’t going to go quietly and if she has her hands in the head of Ascondia who knows what may be waiting for us.”

Kane watched the flames of the fire for a moment, the orange reflected in his eyes as he watched, quietly thinking things through, “While I would prefer to force the hand over by a show of strength, we will have dragons, after all, Ceremon is unlikely to simply stand down, I can’t say I relish a war that may destroy the realm, but I’ll be damned if we simply roll over and allow it happen”

Aishani chuckled, while lifting a hand to place on her stomach, then extended one to gather his and sneak beneath her shirt. Allowing for his palm to rest upon the warmth of her skin that had been stretched over her abdomen, the instant his hand was upon the surface he felt a tiny hand brush against his and then another, followed by a kick. “They are very awake this morning…” She said while watching Kane with a smirk, though, lifted her plate to eat with much gusto, since now she was eating for more than one. “One step at a time, I somehow don’t see the realm setting out to destroy itself.” 

Kane smiled as he felt the movement of their children, a warmth that only made him more determined to fight, “The realm knows no matter what it has us as its sword and shield from such an event”

“We have changed the course of history, and our family in the last year, it makes no wonder people will try to seize the moment, I just wish they hadn’t have spoilt our honeymoon” Kane grinned with a smile before he leant to place a kiss on her stomach.

Aishani watched him as he leaned forward to kiss the swell of her stomach and caressed his face gently. “Honeymoons can never last. If we go on like this we must, as well plan an anniversary. Because by the time things are settled it’ll be a year.” She chuckled taking another bite of food. “We need to eat and get moving. Our children are restless, as am I. The sooner we complete our task the sooner it will all be finished.” 

“We should indeed” Kane tucked their tent away in his backpack along with a dagger and some of the dirt they were occupying.

It wasn’t long after they were on their way, the pass wound through the mountains, and was relatively narrow, but easy enough for them to work their way through. The mountain pass was empty, even wild life was scarce here, the heart of the Everlands was oddly desolate.

As midday hit it had gotten overly warm which made the climb more difficult, Kane set them in a cave and tossed down a blanket as he looked out “We should rest a little, it’s getting crazy warm out there, let the sun start to drop and the heat with it,”

While the travel was fairly easy, it had proven a little more difficult for Aishani due to carrying around extra weight. She never complained due to knowing the fate of the realm rested on their shoulders. But the heat has her nearly pass out due to the temperature and as they settled in the cool perfection of the cave, Aishani sat down to nibble on some jerky with her eyes fixed outside the mouth to the cave. It was clear she didn’t like this exhaustion that settled in her during the pregnancy. 

“At least we won’t have to walk back down,” Kane smiled softly, an attempt to take her mind off things as they were “I know it’s a lot, with you being pregnant Aishani, a lot for the realm to ask of either of us, but with luck it will be over soon,” He took her hand gently as he sat beside her.

“Makes me wish I’d gotten water or wind elementals instead of fire and lightening, pretty sure it’s the realms idea of a joke,” He kept his voice soft “We can rest for a little while, let the worst of the heat pass,”

She slipped to settle in his lap with her hand in his over the swell of her stomach before too long the even breathing told Kane that his beloved wife had fallen asleep. 

A sound came from the entry of the cave and Shadow entered with a plop before then with a curious leg lifted to the sleeping Aishani’s belly. 

Kane nodded to Shadow before pulling his blade and whetstone, he had no need to sleep and with Shadow on guard no need to watch so he chose to prepare, his mind running through everything he would need, the prickle of the energies of the realm also keeping him very aware of what was about to transpire. Talking to a dragon was never easy and making one see sense even less likely, he sighed softly the slow draw of stone over metal. He had also pulled a couple of arrows from his pack to treat them with poison, a warning, poison was unlikely to kill but it would make a dragon incredibly uncomfortable, another path to getting what he needed.

“Whatever happens Shadow I know you will protect her, I’m grateful your here,” Kane smiled softly before continued to sharpen his blade.

Shadow seemed to respond to Kane’s words while curling his legs in and getting comfortable. After a few hours when the temperature dropped from the blazing heat of the naked mountain, Aishani stirred and opened her eyes. Kane had learned that she was famished when she woke sings this was no different when she went for the jerky and water before taking, once her stomach was full she looked to Kane and kissed him softly. It was time to continue the last leg of their journey. 

The last leg was tight and more dangerous, as the air cooled around them due to the height, Kane stopped taking a moment to look over the realm as it sprawled beneath them, his eyes just took it in quietly a reminder of what they had to protect, no matter the cost those of the realm were worth saving.

“I forget how small things are from up here” He mused quietly, adjusting his cloak before he pressed on, then mountain path suddenly dipped into the heart of the mountain, it wouldn’t be long before the pass opened, a grey swirling mass deep below them and curled on a ledge, the huge form of Arak’neth, the growls as she slept could be heard even as far as they were at this point.

“She will not be happy to see us” Kane chuckled softly

“Happy or not, we have to make this happen,” Aishani said calmly while walking alongside him, her own cloak was wrapped tightly around her while it was more the sound of the dragon that winked in the spring state that gave her chills. 

Another few minutes and the path opened out, Kane raised his hand to have Aishani remain for the moment, turning to face her he smiled softly “Let me piss her off first, I’m afraid you’ll need to be the voice of reason”

With that he stepped forward, the roar as Arak’neth stirred turning with speed that was surprising for a creature of its size, her eyes now laid firmly on Kane.

“Stay! Thine is merely mortal, none are allowed beyond those paths, remain or die at your own choice” She spoke so loudly it rumbled the mountain around them

“Yea, funny thing is I already know it, it was our arrangement after all, but as things turn out all rules are made to be broken in some fashion” Kane replied now laying his blade down “I need your help, my family needs your help”

“It is oft the way of things, but I see no value in aiding your realm” Arak’neth bit back darkly as she raised her head

“You brought me a snack? Woman and child, most generous of you” There was a rumble Kane took as a laugh before he simply stepped forward, Arak’neth struck at him her claws sending Kane across the cavern and into the wall beyond, “Do you forget your place mortal, the power of a dragon cannot be matched, and that is the reason you are here, to take my strength as your own, you swore to let me live in peace as long as I left your realm alone and I have, I have guarded the vortex for the last generations and now you seek to kill me!” Kane groaned as he watched her advance on him.

Aishani as well placed her weapons down when Kane laid his down and watched in silence as the great dragon swatted him as a giant may a fly. As the best moved to finish it, he felt the static pull off the air. In the blink of an eye, she was at his side to wrap her arms around him to shift the two from dangerous path to a safer one. It was clear that this was taxing on Aishani being pregnant. It didn’t stop her from appearing back before the dragon. 

“We have not come with any intention to harm you, noble Arak’neth.” She knelt before the dragon to show respect. “The prospect is that the place in which you rested so soundly is in danger from those that would possibly dare to exploit you. I for one and Lord Kane would not wish this. As you can tell I am not of this realm as is another that wishes this realm to be at her feet. This war has components of another world.” 

“You have an air that would imply you know what dragons are capable of, yet perhaps have never faced one yourself?” It wasn’t clear if Arak’neth was thinking out loud or asking Aishani a direct question as she turned to face her “But you know we had the intent to lay low these lands and all within, to take them for ourselves so that we may survive, your world has been particularly harsh to us, and Faerûn is no friend to dragons”

As she stood they would suddenly feel small, the towering form of a dragon the roar as she flexed her wings, before settling back “So tell me how do you plan to save this realm?”

[Circles & Lies] Deeper Lies

The Elders were as ever sat at the table at the head of the room as those in the galleries looked upon the room. Kane was sat in the same spot he occupied while on trial, flanked by Heart and Sasnistra. The Dwarven Male stood now.

“You called this meeting Lady Aishani, might we enquire as to why?” there were whispers the whipped through the galleries above

Aishani looked to the dwarven male, while then her golden hue skimmed the other Elders. “It is time that I take the reins. There has been too much shadow and too much whispers. I will not stand for it, any longer. Times are changing. Go with the flow and make these additions. Trade needs to begin being instigated between the Upper crust and below, crop we do not have below as they have above and the metals, minerals of the caverns. It will benefit the people.”

“She intends to take control?” Barked the mage in red “She has no right to such things”

The dwarven male looked to Aishani for a moment then to his Elder collegue “It is not an entirely unexpected move, and it has been foreseen, but she is correct there are too many agendas, we have been in the darkness for over two generations and admittedly the last time I saw the surface I was a child, a luxury I would enjoy once more”

The Drow female stood her eyes glaring to Aishani “Excuse my friend Hollangar he is feeble of mind, and nostalgia clouds his tiny dwarven sight at times, we have kept our people safe by keeping the outside out, some have slipped in that respect betraying our laws and have been spared out of courtesy”

Sasnistra simply shifted awkwardly as she lowered her eyes to the desk, Kane stood as he was about to step forward with an argument as he was struck in the shoulder by an arrow from the rafters, the room erupted in panic as the cries of scared villagers was quickly followed by them rushing to escape. As Kane staggered he stared to the Elders his eyes crossing each of them before he barked for them to go and get themselves to safety. Heart pulled Kane to the ground.

“You OK?” He asked quickly

Kane nodded and was already over the table to Aishanis side “We gotta go my love” he leant to her ear “We need to talk, but they need to think they won this round”

“You have not kept your people safe, you have kept them under your control in speaking lies to all of them. Filling their heads with such words when even my blood in Underdark traded with the upper world. You want to be in control. Too long have the Elders made the decisions for everyone, now it is time that there is a voice for the people” She spoke loudly in a voice full of authority.
Aishani glanced to Kane, then to the rafters, nodding briefly and then offering a tip of her chin to Heart and to Sasnistra. “Yes. We need a safe place that is unknown to them.”

They wound through passages within the city before finally entering a basement ushered in by Sasnistra. Kane slid down a wall leaving a trail of blood as he growled. Heart made his way to Kane looking to the arrow then to him “Usual deal”

Kane set himself against the wall and nodded, Heart reached in and with a wet rip pulled the arrow free causing a groan from Kane.

“Fuck I forgot how much that hurts, on the upside at least they weren’t trying to kill me, more for show, or a threat to Aishani is more likely” Kane had his hand clamped against the wound but blood still spilled through his finger, Heart looked to him for a moment “I’ll go fetch a healer, I know a couple I can trust they can at least patch you up, your vampiric half will have to the do the rest” and with that he was gone back the way they had come.

“How can you be so sure it wasn’t intended to kill you?”Sasnistra enquired now her voice fraught with the obvious panic as she looked to Aishani

Kane tossed the arrow at her feet “Because that shot was too clean, intended for the soft tissue of my shoulder, intended to take me out of the equation, I suspect another was close by waiting to attack Aishani, and I’m guessing they didn’t have all the facts and either realised Aishani wouldn’t go down as some mere woman or were spooked I didn’t immediately react by blasting the balcony into oblivion”

“Why did you not? You have that power?” Sasnistra looked to Kane, her eyes held the secrets of dawning in them as if she too was quickly realising he was no mere vampire.

“Doing so would have killed innocents, I gave my beloved my word I would not harm ANYONE while I was here, even if they harbour ill will toward me” Kane shrugged the grimaced “Forgive me love, you were a little more exposed in that moment that you should have been, but I’m thankful you chose to leave despite intentions to kill those responsible”

Aishani moved quickly with the others, while she was not speaking at that moment. But, silently watched Heart while he pulled out the arrow, squatting to remove her cloak in order to place under Kane’s hand with a press of her lips to his. Rising she looked to Sasnistra, though, leaned down to inspect the arrow in her hand that was slick with Kane’s blood. “My love, I have to face the facts that I will be exposed in the position that I mean to accept, you have to as well. I’ve lived through much, as you have. While, I may not have had vampiric blood in me…nor werewolf at that time…I survived because I was not willing to be bested. The phrase survival of the fittest isn’t a farce.” She leaned her shoulder against the wall, turning over the arrow in her hand.

“Can honestly say I didn’t see this coming, I would have expected something more direct in dealing with their issue of losing power” Kane replied softly

“Attacking Aishani directly would only serve to strengthen her position, it is likely an attack on her would have given her the necessary public sway to take the throne by force” Sasnistra offered up meekly

“If she wanted it by force we would have walked in here with most of the Everland forces, she wants to protect you, all of you, besides the days of doing things by a show of strength isn’t always the best way to peace, trust me I’d know” Kane was finding it odd to focus as the pain wrapped around his mind

Aishani glanced to Kane and Sasnistra as the two spoke, then broke the arrow in half, to throw it down on the ground. Moving to settle beside him, her scent enveloping him to offer him that strength in her presence. “He speaks the truth. My placement is not on the seat for selfish and controlling reasons. I am here for all of you, wither you desire it or not. Unfortunately there is a call for a show of strength but not in the means that such was thought. Sasnistra, you found love in Krystal…and I found love in Kane. We are different but not so much. It is time to stand up for ourselves and our beliefs. Others have had a veil drawn over their eyes, it’s time to lift it. We need to strike them, where it hurts and that is with the people.”

Kane snapped his eyes open as her scent hit him drowning out the need to pass into unconsciousness, his eyes slid back to the arrow with a cold smile. “Fortunately for you my love, you have of the best talkers I can honestly say I have ever met, Heart will be quite useful when the time is right”

“You should rest allow your body time to deal with the poison, you’re in no condition to take on the elders, Aishani and I will speak with a few people and see how the people stand” Sasnistra spoke softly

Kanes eyes slid to Aishani then Sasnistra slowly.

Aishani replaced her hand to place pressure upon his wound, looking to Sasnistra. “I am not leaving him, until Heart has returned. Kane needs to stay aware until then…I will of course reluctantly leave to tend to the people and hear them. But, not until then.”

Heart returned a few moments later as he eyed Sasnistra curiously for a moment before ushering in the young elven man, there was fear in the young mans eyes as he moved to kneel before Kane. He tended Kanes wounds and had Kanes upper shoulder bandaged quickly, Kane barely flinched as this occurred.

“I have done what I can, the bleeding is slow and so shouldn’t affect him further, the poison however is drakes blood, specific for vampire hybrids, it will take sometime to clear his system leaving him rather vulnerable” The young elf looked to the floor in an apology “I’m sorry there is little further I can do, but keep him clean and comfortable”

Aishani remained at Kane’s side while Heart returned to the young elven male tended to her lover’s wounds. A snarl ripped past her lips to the fact that nothing else could be done to ease the poison in Kane’s system, her canines extended in fangs past her lips while her milky eye flashed a brilliant gold to match the other. She closed her eyes to inhale deeply, speaking to Heart. “Get him a new shirt, no sense in keeping the poison against his skin. Ensure that you clean it regularly, the rinses should not only keep the wound clean. But, you know what to do…Thank you for coming to help, it is much appreciated. Times are just unpredictable.”

Heart nodded before taking Aishanis hand leading her away from Sasnistra, the elven healer and Kane his voice kept low “We need to be careful, it’s no accident they used drakes blood, enough to take him out of action but not enough to kill him and risk you bringing the forces of the Everlands against them, someone knows a little too much about our inner circle and it bothers me”

Aishani glanced to Heart at his words then to Kane with Sasnistra. But her own words were soft barely above a whisper to him. “In this line anything is possible Heart. I would not put it past the Council. But we have no proof. Look at the arrow it may hold a key. Fibers. Scent….Scent. That is it. I can smell the handler and even if the assassin was around another…”

Hades kept his eye on Sasnistra for a moment before looking back to Aishani “Honestly I think we are both been played, you to take power as you rightfully should and me to ensure no one is the wiser, and I’m sure I have been played since I arrived all those years ago”

“You really think…” Aishani whispered, catching the fix of his gaze upon Sasnistra. “Come to think of it…She wished me to go with her to speak to the people…to get me alone. I told her I would not leave Kane.”

“Who else would know details of how to drop a vampire without killing him? More to the point an Elcarus? Who else has pushed for your part against the Elders above all else?” Heart sighed softly “She is the reason I haven’t been thrown out or removed from Emerald City, she used her position on the Elders to keep both me and Krys here”

“Then we need to tap her in her own game. What do you suggest Heart?”

“You remind her who you are, I will get Kane moved to the Inn, there is a small contingent of the Emerald Guard who are loyal to the throne, if you allow me to assign them in your name Kane will be safe, speak with Hollangar and Reagis if you get those two you will have no trouble getting the rest of the Elders to agree to you taking the Emerald Throne. Before you do I am certain Sasnistra will make her move. In the mean time I will take her second to dinner and then to bed” Heart smiled softly “Perhaps learn more of her plan”

Aishani considered Heart’s words, glancing back to Kane and to Heart with a brief nod. “Do it, Heart. Please, do not fail me now, I trust you and you have proven yourself. I do not believe that Kane nor I will stand for any betrayal at this point. I know you told me that you would disappear to save your own neck. But, this is the first time and only time, I will tell you to stand strong. We need you more than ever, Heart.” She lifted a hand to pat at the side of his face. “Such a pretty boy. I will agree to move with Sasnistra to speak to some people, but, it will be me making the decisions. Then we just have to keep her busy.”

“I’m still alive because of him Aishani, believe me when I say I owe him this” Heart moved to Kane pulling his arm around his shoulder and with a groan aiding Kane to his feet “Come on, let’s get you somewhere more comfortable”

“And a drink” Kane muttered as he looked to Aishani before been escorted out by Heart and flanked by the elven healer.

“He’ll be fine, Heart has a high opinion of him” Sasnistra stated as she made her way to Aishani “We should go speak with Reagis, I believe he will be one we need to convince”

Aishani caught Kane’s eye as he was assisted to stand by Heart, remaining in place with her head at an acute posture which was vindictive of her determination that Kane had begun to recognize. A smirk lingered on the fringes of her lips, a special expression for her heart.
“I do not doubt that, I have seen it in his eyes.” She then glanced to Sasnistra, now, Aishani was in the den of wolves and the singular spider amidst to inject poison and it started now. “No. We will go speak to Hollanger first. Then proceed to Reagis.”

Sasnistra looked to Aishani just for a moment before she smiled “Very well, to mines first Hollanger refuses to simply be an Elder” She led Aishani from the basement and they were quickly flanked by two of her own guards, leading Aishani through the city “It is unfortunate that Lord Kane was hurt, weapons in the great hall are forbidden which means they would have had to know how to avoid our guards”

“Hm, yes, I find that very interesting. Even more so, that the poison was specifically for a vampire hybrid.” She took in her surroundings in the walk, sniffing every now and then beneath a turn of her head to attain the familiarity of Sasnistra and her guards. “Weapons in any meeting are forbidden. Regardless of rules it is common courtesy. Possibly. Very possible.”

“Poison tends to be the instrument of choice down here, materials for such are hidden in the depths of caves and craters readily accessible, but the knowledge that can only be gleaned by one who knows the target?” Her words were calm and yet pointedly leading toward Heart as they stepped down a flight of stairs they heard dwarves shouting and yelling instructions, another few steps and the land opened to mine entrance.

“Get yer bloody arses moving, we need these materials for repairs to the Emerald Castle, we don’t have time for yer belly aching!” Barked Hollingar who had ditched the Elder robes in favour of heavy leathers and a pick axe. His hair curled and grey.

Aishani cast a sideways glance to Sasnistra, though, kept her posture and walked with each steady stride beside her the heels of her knee high boots clicking upon the ground on the passage through the streets. But, it was at the mine that the sound was muffled and covered by the shouting and yelling of instructions.
A chuckle parted her lips, in that rolling purr, as she spoke in a strong and steady voice directed to Hollingar. “I see you shed the skin of an Elder, it fairs you well, Hollingar. Back to your roots.” A smirk was upon Aishani’s plush stained lips, golden hue fixed to the dwarf in his leathers.

“My family have been miners and I’ve been in the mines since I was a tot Milady, but enough of me what bring you all this way?” Hollingar eyed Sasnistra for a moment before tossing his axe to a stone table and looking toward Aishani

“Oh, please, Hollingar, I have no issues on speaking of your family and past. But, on that note, yes, I have come to see the production and enterprise of the mines. Plus get to know the overseer. Interest on expanding the trading for resources not readily available here from the surface and vice versa. The supplies from my understanding of mythril are difficult since the Dragon Wars, not impossible.” Her golden hue flicked to Sasnistra but then back to the dwarf. “I’d really be interested in hearing your opinion on things thus far. Though, first, I heard mention of the repairs of the Emerald Castle. What occurred that it is in a state of needing such?”

“Our last empress died some 9 or so years ago the Elders have ruled as she had no heir, thus the castle was abandoned and has fallen to disrepair, nothing the carpenters can’t handle” Hollingar replied with a smile “And aye mythril on the surface is getting scarce, much like iron down here, we have plenty mythril and the surface has plenty iron ore, so a trade would be appreciated” Hollingar tossed her a rock heavy and cold, the rock was composed partially of rock but lined with the blue veins of mythril so richly sought “A good smithy can make a decent weapon outta a rock that size and we got plenty of that and ten times the size as well”

Aishani captured the tossed rock easily due to her refined reflexes of the werewolf and strength, she looked down to the blue vein, a smirk on her lips. “Seems we have much business to discuss, Hollingar. Though, all awaits the seat to be awarded to me. My concern, is that the Elders as a whole, not singling some out, are holding back progression of our two worlds.” She then displayed one of the two blades that Kane had gifted to her as her engagement gift instead of a ring. “Kane had these made by a very stoutly and talented Dwarf on the surface. I actually think the two of you would hit it off very well.”

“At least some of us chose not to hide” Hollingar spat angrily “And those that want to leave simply can’t we’re seen as an issue to be dealt with, my place on the Elders affords me the luxury of not getting my head cut off as some would see fit to do so for their own end” His words were cold and bitter “But you have our support all 4 of the dwarven houses will stand with you, we are tired of politics not cut out for it you see, much prefer earth and dirt to ink and words, at least you know the rocks want to crush you”

Aishani tipped her chin a slight while absorbing his words, a hand lowered to place on the muscular shoulder and looking him directly in the eyes. “Thank you, Hollingar. While it eases my heart to hear such, I do not believe it right for you to speak for all the three remaining dwarf houses. Will you accompany me to visit each in order to affirm such is a solid ground.”

“They will be at the grand summit tonight milady, better to ask them then” Hollingar replied with a smile “Most are deep in the mountain right now, they would be rather unhappy if we call them back now”

“Very well, inform them of our discussion before the Summit tonight. Rest assured I will be present, the attack in the open before the Elders and people showed much distaste but this will not stop me from doing what is best for the people and bring them out of seclusion and open the doors.” She grinned to him while glancing to Sasnistra. “It is time we return to Kane.”

“We should speak with Reagis first milady, at least then we will have a good idea of the Elder balance, Reagis will be in the temple I expect” Sasnistra replied confidence now slipping back into her voice as she looked to Hollingar “Then we can check on Lord Kane, I expect he is just fine with Heart, unless dear heart is in undue danger then perhaps not so much” Sasnistra last words were an attempt again to push suspicion toward Heart, her own ambition to hold the cards that Aishani was dealing only clearer in those moments.

“Hm, you make a good point. The Inn is on the way to the Temple, we can make a stop. Regardless of a healer with them, I wish to check up on Kane.” She patted Hollingar, casting him a brief glance and then turning from the mine to begin their way to the Inn. “Just to make sure nothing has befallen, my beloved.”

“Very well” Sasnistra replied almost in frustration though it was held beneath her cold fascade as she smiled to Hollingar and led the way back through the city, the made the Inn in very little time, two heavily armed guards in white chainmail now held the doors for her.

As Sasnistra eyed them she looked to Aishani “Employing the Imperial Guard already? A wise move” Inside the Inn was no different the patrons drank at the foot of the steps were another two guards, Heart leapt the bar and moved to scoop Aishani from Sasnistra her attempt to follow quickly cut off by another guard as Heart led her upstairs to their room.

Kane was sat in talks with the Elven healer his eyes slipping her to her the moment he felt that scent creep in on him “Still here my love”

Aishani inwardly felt a victory at hand, Sasnistra had already implicated herself and was unaware, this pleased Aishani. But at the Inn, Aishani tipped her chin to the guards in the white chainmail passing through to be swept away by Heart in their entry. She easily kept up with the male, as they entered the room with a smirk. “I could say much the same for you, my love.” Aishani purred in amusement, walking over to settle near him on the bed. “How are you feeling?” She inquired while pressing her lips against his neck with a playful nip, her golden hues fleeting skimming over the healer to gather an expression with a hint as to his current diagnosis.

Kane smiled an attempt to play harder than he was “Shoulder is out of action for a while, but it will heal, as long as we’re not forced into combat I’ll be fine”

“The arrow did damage as it was withdrawn, and the poison is severely hindering his regenerative abilities, make no mistake milady he is hurt worse than he admits” The Elven Mage replied a tone of utter frustration in his voice “And yet he insists he will be at the Grand Summit I highly advise against this course, if they chose to attack again he will not be able to defend himself vampire or otherwise”

“I wont need to fight, you have enough firepower in the Imperial Guard to take the throne room by force, and we needn’t start a war as they answer to the Empress, you give them orders to quell the attack and they will do just that” Kane replied with a smile “Lovely way they program the imperial guard all drilled instruction and no mistakes”

“Which is not an option at this point, my love.” Aishani scolded him, though, glanced to Heart and the elven mage. “I’d like to look at the wound, if you do not mind. It is not a matter of believing you not competent but to ease my own mind on matters. Truth be told, I am compelled to make contact with it. You said that this…poison, was specifically designed for vampire hybrids, correct?” Aishani began to release the pressure of the bandage while carefully unwrapping the gauze, to set in her lap. The delicate flesh of her nostrils flared at the stench of the poison within his blood, caressing his face gently, then setting her hand upon the wound. Her eyes closed, but, there was something else different…in the next moment, her eyes opened and the golden was replaced with a very vibrant red and the fangs were revealed with the curl of her lips. Very fine veins began to protrude from the base of her jawline and traveled a slight. But, that is when Kane would feel it, a stinging burning feeling that was born from the very depths of his internal damage, as though threads of fire stitched him. The pain was slowly trickling away, almost as though swept to the contact of her hand in an absorption. The veins thickened upon her jaw and grew darker, nearly black as spider webs, a hiss parted her lips with a bare of her teeth.

After what seemed hours, though, it had only been minutes, Aishani fell to her back upon the bed panting. Kane’s injury had melted away to only a small abrasion, while the detrimental effects of the poison had all but faded and he felt incredible. She held her hands up as though to stop any from interfering, as her chest rose and fell rapidly but it was when the vivid red faded and her eyes returned to the gold and the dark spider veins had receded to only be a whisper of a memory. “Wow…” She whispered.

Kane eyed the injury flexing his wrist and arm “OK that’s new ….” He breathed softly, the Mage had now pressed himself flat to the wall and Heart merely looked on curiously. After a few moments Kane diverted his eyes Aishani “Don’t suppose you have an explanation?”

Aishani stared at her hand, flexing the fingers against her palm, then sat up with a lazy one-sided smirk. “I have…no clue. It…it was strange, I…I desired to take your pain away, my love. Then this pull, almost as though, compelled to touch your wound…I could feel it. All of the poison and the muscles shift beneath me. Did…did I heal you?” She looked to the frightened mage and then to Heart, back to Kane.

“It appears so, and I’m thankful for it, I guess this is just part of you joining our realm” Kane smiled softly as Heart handed Kane the bandage with a smile “One more surprise for our would be assassins?” Kane smiled darkly as he offered them back to Aishani “Lets not let them know what we know?”

“Only those in this room will know.” Aishani said while beginning to bandage Kane up as though nothing had occurred. Once finished she met his grim with a secretive smirk of her own. “Do you think you can play the part of poor… Poor injured you?”

Kane smiled softly “Indeed I can, I will remain here for the moment I trust your conversations with the Elders have gone well? Just watch your back Heart is right Sasnistra is playing a dangerous hand and you are the target, it troubles me I’m not at your side but I am supposed to be unconscious”

He sighed softly as he looked to Heart “We stay sharp, keep your lines of communication to us open, if anything goes down”

“You’ll know within a minute or less Kane” Heart replied with a smile “I have my hands all over this place”

“Why am I not surprised” Kane replied with a grin “Very well, my love continue with your diplomatic time line, Heart will go find what he can and I will begin working out an exit plan should we need it”

Aishani smirked while glancing to Heart and then back to Kane. “No. I know for a fact, she had something planned. She insisted on speaking to Reagis before coming here, bringing in mentioning of something to occur here and implicating Heart as the betrayer. After speaking to Holligar, she pushed for me to go to Reagis in the Temple. Almost as though, she was trying to avoid coming here…Then her surprise to the Imperial Guard’s presence. But, on the bright side, from Holligar, we have all four dwarven houses on my side. He seems to entertain the idea of trade from the mithril that is abundant here to the iron that is plentiful on the surface. The dwarves are tired of being tied up in ink and paper, then dirt and earth.”

“Be wary of Reagis Aishani his agenda is his own” Heart replied solemnly “Everything is a means to an end with him, and that end is bringing back his masters” Heart shuddered visibly at those words

“Dragon Mage?” Kane asked looking to Heart

“There are 14 here at last count, being so far away from their upper world counterparts has left them in need of a way to regain control, they sent for the glass eye from the old dwarven city but were beaten to it, though no one seems to know by whom or why.”

“I thought Ascondia had all the eyes destroyed? And more to the point who could get into that city in one piece and out without been squashed by golem?” Kane sounded almost perplexed before it dawned on him “Oh….” His voice trailed off almost as quickly as it had come

“You know who took the eye?” Hearts voice raised slightly

“I have a good idea, and I’m not about to part with that information until I confirm it Heart, right now we need to deal with this political mess, the mages didn’t get the eye which means they are no closer to bringing back the dragons now than they were a decade ago, though he is right my love his agenda will be his own even if he supports your ascent to the throne he will only do so as long as it supports his needs” Kane leant down to kiss her shoulder gently “We need to tread carefully”

Aishani was silent, simply staring at her hand that had touched Kane’s shoulder, but, by the way her posture was on the bed it was clear to those that knew her, she was listening and avidly to the conversation. At the mention of the glass eye, she lifted her gaze to Heart and then to Kane, a knowing smirk forming upon her lips. “Then for now, it is in safe hands.” Clearly, she had picked up on his suspicions. “I am aware I am walking on eggshells. Though, let us prepare. Heart, there has to be a hidden way out of the Inn that does not require entrance to the main floor. You and Kane need to move locations, do not be concerned about me finding you. I have Kane’s scent imprinted into my memory. If Sasnistra made any plans to kill Kane while he was down this would be the best place to do so and place you as blame. Not to mention, I can manage my own, there are abilities…that they are not aware I possess. I still have tricks up my sleeve. Unfortunately, Shadow I left to watch over Aerian and Virra. But, I hear the whispers of all the spiders in this subterranean city and they have agreed to serve me.” She rose but leaned to kiss Kane on the lips. “But, I agree and escape plan may be needed.”

“We could try our old trick Kane” Heart replied with a grin, Kane cocked his head at Hearts words before running a hand through his hair.

“Didn’t I almost drop us off a cliff the last time we tried that?” Kane replied with an air of playfulness

“Almost, but I know Emerald City better than most of the Everlands, you were guessing then this time you won’t be” Heart tapped his head with a smile “I know somewhere we can go, Anya keeps it well stocked just in case I ever need to avoid an unwanted husband”

Kane glanced to Aishani with a grin “I can use displacement, tap into the map in Hearts head, it isn’t conventional but it has saved us more than once, he will then return and ensure people think I’m still here” Heart nodded reassuringly “The safe house is on the outskirts so if a quick exit is needed we have a way out into the mountains, if we need it”

Aishani looked to the two old friends, a smirk whispering at the fringes of her luscious lips. “Do what you have to do. But, I want you, Kane to make a surprise appearance amidst The Summit, I do not care how. I will make the order with the Imperial Guard to protect, give the pretense I am scared but they will remain to guard here as I will take two with me.” She leaned to kiss Kane briefly, caressing his face with the trail of a nail against his jaw. “They wish to play a game with me. I was born Drow and know all the tricks.” She passed Heart, patting his cheek with a chuckle in that rolling purr. “Have fun, boys.”

When she left the room, Aishani spoke the guards outside to relay her orders and instruct them to join her on their meeting with Reagis. After descending the stairwell, she spoke in a hushed tone to the two guards that remained in order to guard the stairs and prevent any from entering due to Kane’s state of being ‘unconscious’.

Aishani then scanned the interior of the tavern to locate Sasnistra and neared her, offering a saddened expression. “It seems, my beloved is not doing well. One can only hope he recovers soon enough…But, I have business to conduct. Shall we then proceed to Reagis?”

[Circles & Lies] A New Mystery

The girl was squealing in fear as the two men advanced on her, her clothing torn indicating she had narrowly avoided their intent at least once or twice, Aerian had no hesitation as she pulled her bow around her first arrow clean exploding through the chest of one of them. The second turned looking to her before launching a knife toward her Aerian caught it in mid-flight with an arrow.

He quickly realised she wasn’t going to be as easy as the girl on the ground and with a grunt took off into the forest, she looked back to Virra “Wanna take care of him?, like you said we’ve had enough trouble tonight, and he will be back with more of them” Her voice was soft and yet still carried that tone she was paying attention to what was going on around them.

Just as Aerian turned, there was a thump of a body falling, Virra offered her lover a wink, moving over to the body of the dead man that held a knife lodged at the middle of the spinal column. She placed her boot square on the man’s back, while wrenching it free with an easy jerk. She leaned down to wipe off the blood on the man and slide the knife back within the holsters on her thigh, inspecting the corpse for money and possibly a sigil to represent the group followed, if any. Returning to Aerian’s side with a lift of her cloak to drape around the girl’s shoulders. “You are safe now.”

Aerian wiped the blood from the girls face caused by her arrow taking down the first, and on closer inspection saw the wounds “We need to move, can you walk?” She asked softly the girl merely nodded, pulling the cloak around her as she stood.

“Thank you” she managed to whimper before reverting her eyes to the ground, Aerian glanced around the meadow in thought for a moment before she shrugged the feeling off “We’ll take her Dentarius, the mages can take a look at her, there’s not much more we can do out here, mostly superficial wounds so I would say short of throwing her around they did no further damage?” It was as much a question as it was an assessment to which the girl nodded in reply, she stayed beside Aerian and Virra as they made their way through the forest now.

Virra inspected the girl briefly, tipping her chin with a turn of her head from right to left, then released the hold and nodded to Aerian. Moving to walk along side her with the girl between them. “Firefly, you aren’t talking to me. You keep looking around.”

It was then that Aerian heard the faint sound of clicking, almost as though a familiar tink of a spider. The time had been long, since Aerian had seen Shadow, the companion of Aishani. Though, the last time she knew, Aishani and her father were in Elcarus.

Aerian stopped almost dead as she heard Virras words “I’ve seen this, all of this, pieces and parts but” she shook her head as she watched Shadow a moment “My head hurts”

Virra glanced to Aerian sharply with a brief nod. “Deja vu.” She commented while offering the girl her water skin. “Drink up.”

Aerian tapped her head with a smile “Vision, I think” she replied softly before taking a swig from the skin. The young girl stared at Aerian before trying to back off “And I thought I was crazy” she muttered beneath her breath

Aerian simply shrugged “Wanna try been me” she replied coldly, before looking to Virra “Remember me muttering about a meadow? I am fairly sure I meant that one, and I’m fairly sure she is the one I saw but as to why or who she is ….. mind draws a blank”

Virra snatched the waterskin back from Aerian, then extended it to the girl between them. Her dark eyes flashed from the red-head to the girl, narrowing her view, but then nodding slowly. “Yeah, I do. What is your name, little one? You had some fight in you and I admire that. You are coming with us to Dentarius and Elcarus mansion, in that, you will be safe. I get the feeling you were meant to cross our paths, but, we mean you know harm. So don’t you worry about that.”

“What about the crazy redhead, cos she seems to know more than either of us?” The girl whimpered as she looked to Aerian who was now walking through the forest oddly at ease all of a sudden.

“I’m Stacy, and I just wanna go home” The girl finished quietly, Aerian halted as she turned to face her her eyes narrowed slightly, again she tried to think through the puzzle pieces in her mind and again drew a blank “She’s supposed to be here, we were supposed to find her, or she was meant to find us”

Stacy took the water the skin as she took a drink before looking to Virra “Is she always like this?”

“There is a reason that she is my Firefly.” Virra cast a smirk with the mischief in the depth of those black eyes but also affection. “Usually. But that’s what I love about her and more. My name is Virra anything before means nothing. Firefly… Her name is Aerian Elcarus. No one will touch you while we are around. I guarantee. Chin up. She has a special sight and out was scrambled. I assume to make that right. But everything takes time. We are taking you with is to our home.”

“I see” Stacy replied softly, there was confusion in her eyes and she was still out of place, as she looked to Aerian before back to Virra “So how do I get back to London?”

“London? I’ve never heard of that place. You are in Everlands.” Virra stood calmly while watching Stacy with dark eyes.

“I have” Aerian began before she looked to Virra “I grew up there, sort of, before my powers starting manifesting and mom had to send me back to live with my father, I was born in the human world” Aerian hadn’t done well pretending to be human, always stronger and stranger than the rest of the children her age “Which would mean you’re not supposed to be here”

“And yet here I am” Stacy muttered “I was on my way home, and then all of a sudden those two creeps are trying to …. And then you put and arrow through one and she stabs the other like its normal” Stacys voice was suddenly cut with fear as she took a step back “So just what is going on?”

“It seems you passed through a trans-dimensional rift, a barrier between realms, what you know is all but gone, you’re also the third in recent months that we know of. Sorry but you’re kinda stuck til we figure how to reverse thing” Stacy took another step back as Aerian watch her “If you’re going to run I wouldn’t those two are mild compared to other things in this forest, those things that haunt your nightmares? Where do you think they came from” Aerian smiled there was a twisted darkness in it as she smiled right before her head was torn apart and she crumbled to the ground holding her head, her screams echoed through the forest around her.

Stacy suddenly looked even more nervous as she looked to the writhing form on the ground “What’s with her….” She managed to force the words through the fear that was gripping her to the very core

Virra inclined a brow to Aerian, amusement not even a whisper upon her feature, her lips pursed a slight as though in irritation. “Survival must be different then in your world of this London. It is not an everyday thing for most, you just so happen to come at a time that things are very…tense.” She immediately was at Aerian’s side, catching her before she fell to the ground with an arm around her shoulder, caressing her back, though glanced to Stacy. “Long story short, we lost our realm healer…or more simply put, Sarantha was murdered, this is causing things to go out of whack the more and more we do not have one. Plus, Aishani, I’m sure you’ll meet her eventually, her mother is a basket case, Z’ress and royally scrambled my poor Firefly’s mind…” She attempted to lift up Aerian’s head, caressing her face. “Firefly…? Baby, I’m here.” She wrapped her arms around Aerian. “So the short of it, she is struggling more than most. She can see things, almost like the future, but since that has happened…she gets short moments of spasming pain and the likes.”

“No one can see the future” Stacy sighed in reply “This is some elaborate period acting thing right? Any second now they’re gonna jump out laughing at me freaking out” Stacy was unsure who she was trying to convince as she watched Aerian writhe and cry out in Virras arms, her face sweaty and contorted with pain, her eyes oddly empty.

“You should call an ambulance, before she really hurts herself” Stacy added

“I have no idea what an ambulance is… As I said Sarantha is dead and she is the realm healer. She would know what to do.” Virra kept an arm around Aerian while shrugging free from her leather jacket to dab at her face. “I hate being fucking helpless. Aerian…baby…Firefly… Look at me.” She captured her face firmly but gently to try to get her lover to come back to her. “Aerian don’t you dare fucking leave me. Stay right here damnit.”

Aerian tensed as a low strangled scream cut from her before she slumped against Virra, her breathing shallow and slow.

“Is she OK, like seriously she needs a hospital” Stacy sighed as she looked to Aerian for a moment, Aerian was still out her breathing shallow and her body still against Virra.

Virra kept her arms around Aerian and gently placed a kiss upon her crown. But looked to Stacy. “She’s a tough cookie. She’ll be fine….I hope.” She added in a whisper.

Aerian raised her hand gently touching Virras cheek “Not dead yet baby” she whispered hoarsely a coughing fit caused her to spit blood to the ground as she moaned “I think the twelve hate me sometimes, or the fates, or someone else” she tried to sound funny but it came off much less so than she tried for, instead settling for a smile as she looked to Virra.

“You’re damn right you aren’t…” Virra chuckled but rubbed her back as the violent cough spewed some blood. She looked at Stacy. “Now so you understand why we need to get back to our home? We will need your help as well.” She guided Aerian to stand. “Can you walk?”

Shadow appeared in the darkness put of sight from Stacy as though offering support in a ride but not wishing to startle the young girl.

Aerian smiled to Shadow as she pushed to her knees, one arm around Virra and she found her feet “I can walk, I would rather you watch over us Shadow, Virra can keep me up” Aerian looked to Stacy who had now caught sight of Shadow and was rapidly shrinking against the tree.

“He wont harm you, he is companion to my fathers fiancé, exactly why he’s all the way out here I don’t know but he is watching our back and that means we’re safe” She spoke as firmly as she could muster among the twinges and pain of the spasms and damage done during her moments.

“I need to get to word to my Dad, that last round of visions was really weird, oddly the realm suddenly seems a little more settled though, not quite sure why considering Saras death, but I’m seeing the past, a whole bunch of memories I’ve already lived through something still isn’t sitting right” She tried to make it make sense but in that moment she simply couldn’t as they wound their way through the forest toward home.

“Firefly, you are in no frame of mind to make those decisions. Besides, while I love you, you and I both know that you will only slow us down and the faster we arrive to Eclarus mansion the sooner we can speak to your Pops and we can begin to piece this puzzle together. Don’t try me, I will knock you out again.” She supported her, while waving to Shadow. “As she said, Shadow is Aishani’s friend and won’t hurt us. While she is frightening, it is a small price to pay.”

Shadow moved forward and dipped down for Aerian to climb upon the furry body, since the arachnid was the size of a pony and easily would carry Aerian’s weight. “Stay up with me, don’t look at the creature if it disturbs you that much.”

Aerian looked to Virra a moment before she pulled her bow from her shoulder handing it off to Virra “Alright, I remember the last time I tried to argue so I know that’s not an empty threat” she grinned softly before turning to Shadow she bowed gently before climbing upon him, surprised at him been soft.

Stacy looked to Shadow who was now rising to carry Aerian then to Virra “I’m in so much trouble” she murmured softly